Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative that is commonly used in dentistry. It is a sweet-smelling gas that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask. Nitrous oxide works quickly and wears off just as quickly, so you can drive yourself home after your procedure.

Advantages of Nitrous Oxide

  • Reduces anxiety and fear
  • Minimizes gagging
  • Provides mild pain relief
  • Works quickly and wears off quickly
  • No after effects such as a hangover
  • Safe for most people, including children

Reasons Not to Use Nitrous Oxide

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Emphysema
  • Exotic chest problems
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cold or other breathing difficulties

If you are considering using nitrous oxide, talk to your dentist about whether it is right for you.

5-Minute Trial

If you are not sure how you will react to nitrous oxide, your dentist may offer you a 5-minute trial. This will allow you to experience the effects of the gas before committing to a longer procedure.

Conclusion

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative that can help you relax and feel more comfortable during your dental procedure. If you are considering using nitrous oxide, talk to your dentist about whether it is right for you.